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January 2012

The Dilemma of the Linux Desktop

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Linux
Software

datamation.com: Last week, the current crisis on the Linux desktop was neatly summarized in the headlines.

Command-line programs for everyday use in Linux

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Linux
Software

how-to.linuxcareer.com: I must admit, I'm a command line geek. Whenever I have the chance, regardless of desktop environment or distribution, I open a terminal and start fiddling something.

The diminishing of the operating system

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Linux
MDV

itworld.com: Do Mandriva's current troubles mark the end of standalone Linux sales? This will not make me popular, but I seriously think it's time for Mandriva to start to wrap up it’s affairs and close up shop.

Red Hat extends Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle to ten years

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Linux

zdnet.com: Like your RHEL on your servers just the way it is? That’s fine by Red Hat, which has extended its flagship Linux operating system’s lifecycle to ten years.

Linux: A Getting-Started Guide

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Linux

pcworld.com: Are you fed up with Microsoft Windows and ready to give Linux a try? Here's how to get started.

today's leftovers:

Filed under
News
  • Emulators on Linux, part 4
  • IBM calls time on Symphony OpenOffice fork
  • User Friendly? I Choose Expert Friendly
  • Red Hat developer explains open source color calibration hardware
  • GCC 4.7 Moves Along Into Stage 4
  • GNU Project renews focus on free software in education
  • Razor-qt 0.4 - Qt based Desktop Environment
  • Linux at CES 2012: Everything You Need to Know
  • Discover Cool Bash Tricks With Bash One-Liners
  • Proprietary vs. Open Source Support – Common Misconceptions
  • Mozilla Working On Developing A Reset Button For Firefox
  • Linux: a lot of hullabaloo about a vulnerability
  • Announcing The Lima Open-Source GPU Driver
  • Learning Python: a good IDE can help
  • Mozilla Readies Firefox 10 With Better Extension Updating
  • Why lazy consensus is the Apache way
  • ODF Toolkit gets first Apache release
  • People Behind Debian: Josselin Mouette
  • Red Hat Quietly Joins the OpenStack Effort
  • Stella - a Centos desktop remix
  • Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

Soup Up GNOME 3 using Opera Widgets

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HowTos
  • Soup Up GNOME 3 Desktop using Opera Widgets
  • How-To: Make KDE Like Unity
  • FOSS is __FUN__: Get the Basics Right
  • Bulk renaming using Thunar
  • Drush: Managing Drupal from the Command Line
  • Alsa Reload
  • Linux on POWER
  • How to Change Your Terminal Hostname in Ubuntu

Ubuntu 12.04: What to Expect

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 12.04: What to Expect
  • 'HUD' Factor: A Step Forward or Back?
  • Install Ubuntu the way you've never done it before
  • Full Circle Magazine #57 – out now!
  • Featured Ubuntu Software Centre apps for January 2012
  • Bringing Ubuntu (GNOME) Classic To 12.04 LTS?
  • Ubuntu's HUD: Why It's A Great Idea
  • Default theme for Lubuntu 12.04 Almost there
  • Canonical Promotes Standard Ubuntu Branding with New Website
  • Beginning Linux: Part 4 - Exploring the Unity interface
  • ZaReason Alto 3880: Fastest $1000 14″ Laptop

Why KDE is the future

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KDE
  • Why KDE is the future
  • KDE 4.8 minor tweaks, major improvement
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 8th January
  • What’s new in Gwenview from KDE 4.8
  • A look at KDE SC 4.8
  • Configuration heaven

Dreamlinux 5 review - Splendid

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: You all know that I don't like the Xfce desktop. For some reason, nearly every single implementation thereof lacks something so important, so basic. Then, there's Dreamlinux.

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today's leftovers

  • How Ubuntu Boosts Developer Desktop Productivity | Ubuntu

    Seventeen years after its first release, Ubuntu is firmly established as the Linux developer desktop of choice around the world. From education through to enterprise, Ubuntu delivers the tools developers need to succeed across their careers. In this blog, we will cover the main aspects that contribute to this success. [...] Developers start their careers with Ubuntu, and 69% of student developers reported that they prefer Ubuntu as an OS. It’s not surprising. With Ubuntu, they gain access to the best of open source, including AI/ML frameworks, such as Pytorch and TensorFlow, ROS for robotics and LXD and multipass for virtualisation. Open source technology is now a critical part of any enterprise, and familiarity with open source is a key consideration in hiring. As a result, getting new developers onboarded and productive quickly is easier with Ubuntu. It’s a system they’re familiar with. It’s flexible and customisable. And, as an operating system, it spans both the workstation and the cloud, providing a consistent development experience across your technology stack.

  • Our 12 favorite Arduino UNO projects | Arduino Blog

    The UNO wasn’t Arduino’s first board, and it won’t be its last. There have been many varieties of microcontroller and maker boards before and after the UNO, but none have been as iconic. As we cross the epic milestone of 10 million UNOs sold and the launch of the UNO Mini Limited Edition, we decided it was time to take a look back at some of our favorite UNO projects from the last 10 years. And we want to hear about yours, too. Join us over on social media to share your favorite UNO projects, whether you built them yourself or marveled at someone else’s electronic creation.

  • Personal computer maker Raspberry Pi plans London listing

    The company behind Britain's best-selling personal computer is preparing the ground for a spring listing which is expected to value it at more than £370m.

    The trading arm of the Raspberry Pi Foundation has hired bankers from Stifel and Liberum to advise on a London float after securing a $45m (£33m) investment in September.

    The Cambridge-based foundation offloaded stakes to Lansdowne Partners and the Ezrah Charitable Trust to fund product development and marketing after seeing booming demand for its miniature personal computers during lockdown.

  • Mozilla Privacy Blog: Mozilla files comments on UK Data Protection Consultation

    Mozilla recently submitted its comments to a public consultation on reforming the UK’s data protection regime launched by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. With the public consultation, titled ‘Data: A New Direction’, the UK government set out to re-evaluate the UK’s approach to data protection after no longer being bound by the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We took this opportunity to share our thoughts on data stewardship and the role effective regulation can play in addressing the lopsided power dynamics between large data collectors and users. For Mozilla, privacy is not optional. It is an integral aspect of our Manifesto, which states that individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional. This is why privacy is at the core of our product work and why we have long promoted robust data protection in our policy and advocacy work. Further, Mozilla’s Data Futures Lab is exploring alternative approaches to data governance and promoting data stewardship through original research and support to builders.

  • 42 things I learned from building a production database

    In 2017, I went to Facebook on a sabbatical from my faculty position at Yale. I created a team to build a storage system called Delos at the bottom of the Facebook stack (think of it as Facebook’s version of Chubby). We hit production with a 3-person team in less than a year; and subsequently scaled the team to 30+ engineers spanning multiple sub-teams. In the four years that I led the team (until Spring 2021), we did not experience a single severe outage (nothing higher than a SEV3). The Delos design is well-documented in two academic papers (in OSDI 2020 and SOSP 2021). Delos is currently replacing all uses of ZooKeeper at Facebook.

    Here are some of the things I learned as the tech lead for Delos. My intent in publishing this is to help others in similar roles (leading teams that are building new infra at large companies); much of it may not generalize to different settings.